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Noon On Tuesday

What makes cheese one of the greatest foods on the planet? Cheese Wiz Gina explores anything and everything about cheese, interviewing mongers, makers, chefs and YOU to answer that very question. Discover new arrivals and get cheesy with us and all the best cheese from all over the world.



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Noon On Tuesday
Nov 27, 2018 Specialty Produce Network
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While Europe is awash in sheep milk cheeses (think pecorino, manchego, Basque), we are just discovering these nutritious, protein-rich cheeses in the U.S. We're going Behind the Rind with Claire to discover the beauty and magic of sheep milk and what makes these cheeses so good.
Noon On Tuesday
Oct 23, 2018 Specialty Produce Network
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October is American Cheese Month and Joe Moreda painstakingly created Grazin' Girl, a creamy blue that is a Venissimo favorite and delicious addition to the American artisinal cheese scene.
Noon On Tuesday
Sep 18, 2018 Specialty Produce Network
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Discover how the extreme geography of the alps produced one of the most famous styles of cheese.
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Sep 11, 2018 Specialty Produce Network
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Jonathan McDowell tells us what it takes to earn a CCP designation and what it really means.
Noon On Tuesday
Aug 14, 2018 Specialty Produce Network
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Karrie Kimble from Philosophy Foods is dedicated to introducing the best olives and olive products to America. She will share her favorites with us and we'll learn key differences between types and discover which ones pair best with certain cheeses.
Noon On Tuesday
Jul 24, 2018 Specialty Produce Network
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Gordon Edgar is punk rocker turned cheese buyer at Rainbow Co-op in San Francisco and author of two books that delve into cheese and the life of a cheese monger. We'll get his perspective on the state of the cheese business and learn why he loves cheddar so much.
Noon On Tuesday
Jul 17, 2018 Specialty Produce Network
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Rennet, the great separator of curds from whey, is often misunderstood. Claire dives in to share the different types available and what makes them different. It’s a walk through 10,000 years of history in just 22 minutes.
Noon On Tuesday
Jun 12, 2018 Specialty Produce Network
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Artisan cheeses are slowly making headway in parts of Asia, a continent that’s vast, very vast! We the Dairy Maidens will be wrapping up our first season with a Two Part Episode: Cheeses in Asia. We will take you to the deliciousness of India and end up in subtle, delicate Japan (which now has more than 200 cheese makers!).
Noon On Tuesday
May 22, 2018 Specialty Produce Network
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Behind the Rind delves into the chemistry behind different milk types (cow, goat, sheep, buffalo) and explores how this changes cheese.
Noon On Tuesday
May 15, 2018 Specialty Produce Network
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Artisan cheeses are slowly making headway in parts of Asia, a continent that’s vast, very vast! We the Dairy Maidens will be wrapping up our first season with a Two Part Episode: Cheeses in Asia. We will take you to the deliciousness of India and end up in subtle, delicate Japan. http://www.thespottedcow.in/
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Did you know pasteurization was first developed to keep wine from turning into vinegar? Join host Claire in Behind the Rind: The Story and Science of Cheese, to explore the misconceptions surrounding cheeses made from raw milk, including an interview with Andy Hatch, raw milk cheese maker at Uplands Cheese in Wisconsin.
Noon On Tuesday
Apr 24, 2018 Specialty Produce Network
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Dairy Maidens tell the conspiracy story of the Swiss Cheese Cartel that ruled the Swiss economy for nearly a century and might have been the driving force behind the popularity of fondue.
Noon On Tuesday
Apr 10, 2018 Specialty Produce Network
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Joe Magnanelli, executive chef of the Urban Kitchen Group, not only oversees the kitchens of multiple restaurants but makes his own amazing charcuterie with locally sourced ingredients
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Jack Ford joins us LIVE on Facebook with baby goat Vinnie to talk about his cheese making adventures and share details of his event with Berry Good Foundation.
Noon On Tuesday
Mar 20, 2018 Specialty Produce Network
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The idea of Bacteria, yeast & mold often conjures up negative images. But we’ll take a close look at how these three main microbes interact and create flavor in some of your favorite cheeses. For more information and resources check out www.behindtherind.com
Noon On Tuesday
Mar 13, 2018 Specialty Produce Network
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This week, we tackle the mysteries of the Basque country. We discuss the history of how and why this area straddles both sides of the Spanish-French border, the Basque people, the culture, and their one-of-a-kind language. And of course, we mention a few notable Basque cheeses and some of our favorites from the region.
Noon On Tuesday
Mar 6, 2018 Specialty Produce Network
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Laura Werlin is one of the country's foremost authorities on cheese. She is a James Beard award-winning author of six books on the subject.
Noon On Tuesday
Feb 20, 2018 Specialty Produce Network
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How would you categorize that cheese? We'll make sense of the dizzying array of cheeses by looking at 3 ways to categorize cheese.
Noon On Tuesday
Feb 13, 2018 Specialty Produce Network
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In this week's podcast we dive into the mysteries of blues. What are they, Why they form, and Why we love them. We will look at the science-y bits while exploring some classic, if not infamous, blue cheeses.
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The California dairy industry has been and remains a huge player in the American cheese landscapes. Hear about the pioneers in the California cheese history.
Noon On Tuesday
Jan 23, 2018 Specialty Produce Network
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Venissimo has been sharing cheese in San Diego for 14 years! Our most "aged" monger, Robby G, joins Cheese Wiz Gina for a trip down memory lane, pontificating on the changes in the cheese business over the years.
Noon On Tuesday
Jan 16, 2018 Specialty Produce Network
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Cheese Wiz Gina shares the top ten best selling cheeses of 2017 PLUS reveals the Mongers' Choice Award for each category!
Noon On Tuesday
Nov 28, 2017 Specialty Produce Network
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Cheese Wiz Gina will share her best tips and favorite simple recipes for easy, cheesy holiday entertaining.
Noon On Tuesday
Nov 21, 2017 Specialty Produce Network
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Venissimo Mongers, Vanessa and Flo recently returned from a whirlwind tour of cheese makers in Wisconsin. From the smallest of artisan producers to one of the largest, discover what they learned about cheese from the heartland.
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Janet Fletcher has dedicated her life to writing about good foods, which includes cheese. An author of multiple books and writer of the weekly blog, "Planet Cheese", she shares why she loves cheese so very much.
Noon On Tuesday
Nov 7, 2017 Specialty Produce Network
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Microbiologist Rachel Dutton shares the mysterious and slightly spooky facts about how microscopic communities of bacteria flourish in cheese to create the flavors we love!
Noon On Tuesday
Oct 31, 2017 Specialty Produce Network
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If you are aspiring cheese maker or simply love cheese, then Queso Diego is the club for you! Curt Wittenberg talks about club activities and shares his experiences learning to make his own cheese.
Noon On Tuesday
Oct 24, 2017 Noon On Tuesday
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We're chatting with Will Gustwiller, founder of Eclipse Chocolate and true chocolate master, to find out how he mixes cheese with chocolate. Does he use blues? Chevre? Brie? Learn which works best and why.
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Humboldt Fog from Cypress Grove is one of the most loved and well-known cheeses made in California. Learn the story of how this creamery grew from one woman making cheese for her kids to one of the largest and most awarded in the state.
Noon On Tuesday
Oct 10, 2017 Noon On Tuesday
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It's time to give beer and cheese pairings a try. Many would say that beer is actually better with cheese than wine. Here's your chance to learn why with the folks from Pariah Brewing Company.
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Oct 3, 2017 Noon On Tuesday
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Cheeses from the Alps are like no other on the planet. Caroline Hostettler from Quality Cheese tells us all about their Adopt-an-Alp program that connects European alpine cheese makers with American cheese lovers.
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Sep 26, 2017 Noon On Tuesday
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Many aged cheeses develop delightfully crunchy crystals, but what the heck are they?? How do they form? Where can I try some?
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Sep 19, 2017 Noon On Tuesday
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Curds and Wine is San Diego's go-to shop for cheese and wine making supplies. Founder and owner, Gisele, shares tips from her years of experience and introduces us to the world of fermentation.
Noon On Tuesday
Sep 12, 2017 Noon On Tuesday
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Cow by Bear is a San Diego dinner party experience where an anonymous chef by the name of Bear (and also dressed as a bear) creates a cow-centric multi-course menu for guests.
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Monger Flo makes his case why Serrano Jamon from Spain is more magical than Prosciutto from Italy. He'll explain the flavor differences you'll find from thigh to hoof, plus introduce the exquisite Iberico version.
Noon On Tuesday
Aug 29, 2017 Noon On Tuesday
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Find out how Tarentaise Reserve cheese from Spring Brook Farm just beat thousands of cheeses to be crowned Best in Show.
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Aug 22, 2017 Noon On Tuesday
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You say man-CHAN-go, we say mon-CHAY-go. We're sharing our favorite cheese mispronunciations, cheese shop etiquette tips and funny stories from the perspective of a cheese monger.
Noon On Tuesday
Aug 15, 2017 Noon On Tuesday
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The American Cheese Society competition with more than 2,000 entries recently picked the best in the USA. Jessica from Venissimo and Jonathan from Aniata were there and share their stories from the show and competition.
Noon On Tuesday
Aug 8, 2017 Noon On Tuesday
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Dave Adams, San Diego's Certified Cicerone (aka beer expert) from Green Flash Brewing joins our very own Professor McCheese to share secrets to perfectly pairing craft beer with artisinal cheese.
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Cheese Wiz Gina was in Paris to meet Fabrice Beillevaire, son of famed affineur & cheese maker Pascal. This family business makes & ages the finest fromage in France, now available at Venissimo Cheese.
Noon On Tuesday
Jul 18, 2017 Noon On Tuesday
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The best cheese monger in the USA, Jessica, chats with Cheese Wiz Gina LIVE from Paris where they will share stories of their respective travels in England, Amsterdam and France, sharing their favorite cheeses and cheesy stories.
Noon On Tuesday
Jul 3, 2017 Noon On Tuesday
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Edwin Real is a true foodie, but not by ANY means in the pretentious, snooty way. He launched a Facebook group called Eating & Drinking in San Diego to share favorite finds and open discussion among food lovers in San Diego (with more than 10,000 members). The result? A vibrant food scene that keeps getting more delicious every day.
Noon On Tuesday
Jun 27, 2017 Noon On Tuesday
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Seana fell in love with cheese as a monger at Venissimo, then decided to make her own! She started Bleating Heart Cheese eight years ago and now crafts amazing cheeses that have won multiple awards. Hear her story and see her aging rooms at Noon on Tuesday.
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Jun 20, 2017 Noon On Tuesday
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Venissimo took 10 lucky adventurers on a gastronomical tour of Italy, including visits to Parma to see Parmigiano, prosciutto and balsamico production plus cooking classes with Tuscan chefs. Host RobbyG is joined by two of the travelers, David & Laurie, who will share their stories. When will the next tour be? Tune in to find out.
Noon On Tuesday
Jun 13, 2017 Noon On Tuesday
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What does it take to get a cheese from high in the Swiss Alps to your kitchen table? Find out from Jonathan McDowell of Southern California's Aniata Cheese Company. He sources cheeses from all over the world and deals with all the processes required to sell cheese in shops like Venissimo. From small farms in Tennessee to the famed caves of Roquefort, France- learn how cheese gets from point A to point B.
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Paul Savage is a cheese monger and avid home cheese maker who has been experimenting with making cheese at home for more than a decade. He tells us exactly what you need to get started on this fun and delicious hobby.
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May 30, 2017 Noon On Tuesday
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This week we are talking to local Chef Katie Grebow, Venissimo's very first wholesale customer!